Asthma & COPD

Better Education, Better Breathing

A Walk Down Memory Lane

February 27, 2020
Over the years asthma treatments have changed and evolved. Back in the day would you believe that smoking was actually encouraged as a treatment for asthma? Now we know a lot better! And who remembers the spinhaler, the diskhaler and spacers the size of r...
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Alyssia remembers asthma being a real burden on some of her family members when she was growing up, and looking back she feels if they have received the right information, support and education about asthma when they needed it, they may not have struggled as much as they did...
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Controlled Asthma

February 24, 2020
If you are needing to use your reliever inhaler more than twice a week, this can be a red flag that your asthma is not well controlled. However, there can be a lot of reasons why asthma is not behaving itself, and this video explores some of those reasons. A full assessment ...
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The accuhaler is a clever little device that delivers dry powder medicine into your lungs when you inhale on it. Unlike the ‘puffer’ it doesn’t require a spacer as it is breath activated. We have taken one apart to show you how the mechanism inside works. Have a watch ...
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Noah and Noah

December 2, 2019
Awesome story from Noah's Mum - we are so glad we could be of help: "Our family are so grateful for the help we received from Asthma Waikato for our 4 year old Son Noah. Prior to having help we had constant issues with poor Noah's coughing, sleeping disruptions, and him gene...
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Bronchiolitis or Asthma

November 22, 2019

Is it bronchiolitis or asthma?

Bronchiolitis: What is it?Bronchiolitis is a chest infection caused by a virus, which affects the small airways of the lungs. Who does it affect?85% of cases in NZ affect babies under 12 months. What are the symptoms? Cough is the main symptomWheezeRunny noseIncreased work o...
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Do you know about the Prescription Subsidy Scheme?

All prescriptions you collect between the dates of 1 Feb to 31 Jan every year are counted. When you reach the 20 threshold, you no longer have to pay for further prescriptions. You can even get your partner's and children's scripts to count towards this total too! (children ...
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Coughing Much?

October 31, 2019

Does your child cough? Please get it checked out.

A cough can be one of the symptoms of asthma. And kids with asthma can often get a cough at night. But sometimes a cough can be caused by something else. Sometimes kids have coughed for so long the family can often get used to it and accept it as ‘normal’ for that child....
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Meet Melenaite!

October 9, 2019
Wow, she is experiencing great relief from her asthma symptoms since she has been regularly taking her preventer morning and night every day. Melenaite and her brother were so excited to get a bag of goodies and a stamp saying ASTHMA STAR. S.T.A.R - stands for "Spacer' "Tech...
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We get a lot of parents who hesitate to take their child to the Emergency Department with asthma because they feel when they get there, the child is just given more reliever with the spacer, there’s just a whole lot of waiting and nothing is actually ‘done’. I have to ...
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